EJC is hiring a Lead Litigation Attorney/Community Lawyer

EJC seeks to hire a full-time Lead Litigation Attorney/Community Lawyer as a critical component of our economic and racial justice mission and our efforts to be client centered.

The Employment Justice Center (EJC) protects and promotes the legal rights of low-wage workers in the D.C. metro area. To ensure that all workers receive fair treatment in the workplace, the EJC uses experienced employment law attorneys and policy advocates to provide high-quality, free legal advice and assistance to low-wage workers and to push for changes in workplace fairness laws. With our combined focus on legal services, advocacy and education, there is no stronger voice for the legal rights of low-wage workers in the D.C. metro area. We believe that focusing on the most vulnerable among us raises the floor of workplace rights for us all.

The gateway of the EJC’s work is our Workers’ Rights Clinic, which primarily serves African American, Latino and immigrant workers in the Anacostia and Shaw communities and through community partnerships in other parts of the city. The EJC’s advocacy and community organizing staff also engage workers including EJC clients and Know Your Rights participants in legislative and employer-focused campaigns. The EJC legal, advocacy and community organizing staff work together to develop strategies to address systemic issues as well as individual cases and collective actions.

The primary responsibilities of the Lead Litigation Attorney/Community Lawyer include:

  • Litigating cases, frequently as co-counsel with outside law firms or pro bono counsel;
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of community lawyering strategies, including aiding low wage workers who seek to engage in collective action and/or negotiate on their own behalf;
  • Coordinating litigation and community lawyering program resources and assisting the Executive Director with managing EJC’s litigation program;
  • Coordinating with advocacy and community organizing staff to accomplish community lawyering and advocacy goals;
  • Training and supervising law students and non-attorney staff in a variety of projects and cases;
  • Reviewing the merit of potential client cases;
  • Resolving client problems and complaints; and
  • Coordinating research and updating and developing substantive training manuals.

Qualifications/Qualities/Experience Needed for this Position:

The EJC seeks candidates who share our mission and values and have experience with economic and racial justice work. The Lead Litigation Attorney/Community Lawyer must:

  • Have three to five years litigation practice in a poverty practice or employment law;
  • Be proficient or fluent in Spanish (proficiency is other languages is also beneficial);
  • Be organized and detail oriented;
  • Be willing to take initiative to identify and implement improvements to EJC’s provision of services to its clients;
  • Be culturally competent “people person” (a significant aspect of the job involves interacting with a diverse community of workers, community partners, and volunteer attorneys);
  • Have excellent writing skills and computer facility; and
  • Be a member of the Maryland bar and a bar member or eligible for admission into the Washington D.C. bar.

Other Details:
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance and generous annual leave.

How to Apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, short (3-5 pages) writing sample and a list of three references to Barbra Kavanaugh, Executive Director, at bkavanaugh@dcejc.org. Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, resumes should be submitted by August 30, as the EJC anticipates interviewing candidates during September 2013. No references will be contacted without prior notification and permission from the applicant. No telephone calls please.

The EJC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We encourage applicants who are diverse by race, color, gender, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, familial responsibilities, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic that is protected under D.C. or federal law.